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Man, 51, charged with murdering mother and daughter

Written by on 9 October 2020

A man has been charged with the double murder of a mother and daughter in Lancashire.

Dr Saman Mir Sacharvi, 49, and Vian Mangrio, 14, were found dead inside their home in Reedley near Burnley on the morning of 1 October.

The house had been damaged by fire and smoke, according to Lancashire Police.

Shabaz Khan, 51, of Burnley, has now been charged with two counts of murder and arson being reckless as to whether life is endangered.

He will appear at Blackburn Magistrates’ Court later today, the force said.

A 44-year-old woman was also arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and aiding and abetting murder and remains in custody.

Flowers are pictured outside the family home in Reedley, Lancashire

Dr Sacharvi, who was originally from Pakistan, worked as a junior doctor for Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust’s community mental health team.

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Detective Superintendent Jon Holmes said: “Our thoughts remain with Saman and Vian’s family and we have officers supporting them at this awful time.

“We are continuing to ask anybody with information about this incident to get in touch with us.

“If you were in the area and saw something suspicious, have dash cam or CCTV from the area or have any other information, we would ask you to contact us straight away.”

Anyone with information should contact police through the dedicated Major Incident Portal or on 101, quoting log 0429 of 3 October. Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be reached anonymously on 0800 555 111 or at